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Preston’s “DMC” is the SMSVC


Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Above is a rendition of the Committal Shelter that will be located at the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, presented at the March 24 Preston Area Community Foundation annual dinner and celebration. Photo submitted

As the greater Rochester area celebrates the establishment of the state-supported Destination Medical Center, aptly coined the DMC, the greater Preston area recognizes the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (SMSVC) as an economic engine driving future opportunities for the region. Interestingly, Rochester leaders wanted the SMSVC to be located in their community, as well, but the Preston area won that title match.

On the eve of Monday, March 24, 2014, a crowd of Preston-supporters gathered at the Branding Iron for the eighth annual dinner and celebration.

The keynote speaker of the night was David Swantek, Director of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, painting a picture for what the people of the Preston area can expect as the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery takes shape.

Leading up to the presentation by Mr. Swantek, an audience of 155 attendees followed a steady program coordinated by Preston Area Community Foundation board leadership Dwight Luhmann (President), Sheila Craig (Vice President), Scott Rustad (Treasurer), and MariLyn Bakke (Secretary), along with Directors Kiel Anderson, Rick Grooters, Dr. Dustin Arndt, Will Mensink, Tim Bremseth, Ron Scheevel, Sally Gibson, and Mary Zimmerman.

To begin, attendees bowed their heads to embrace the invocation of Father Arens.

And, preceding a plentiful and delicious meal with a choice of filet mignon, walleye pike, grilled shrimp or ribeye served by a coordinated wait staff at the Branding Iron, Chuck Aug launched the evening with a few jokes.

Following dinner and conversation, Anne Detlefsen, Director of Fillmore Family Advocates, took to the podium and shared her appreciation for the Preston Area Community Foundation for their support of her organization. Fillmore Family Advocates is a charitable victim services organization that operates with a volunteer staff. The PACF provided funds to support the costs of office space with enough room for supervised visits and an exchange center.

Next up, President of the Preston Historical Society, Richard Petsch shared his appreciation for the Preston Area Community Foundation. “The Preston Area Community Foundation has been a strong supporter of the Preston Historical Society,” said Petsch, mentioning a $1,500 donation.

Chuck Aug stepped up to the podium to express his gratitude for the Southern Minnesota Initiativ .....
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Fillmore Central School Board changes snow day policy

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Due to the harsh winter and many snow days that came with it, the Fillmore Central School Board discussed the current policy in regards to make-up days. The current policy states the first snow day is forgiven, and after that the district must ma ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Ryland Marshall Craig

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Ryland Marshall Craig was born on Sunday, January 5 at 12:41 p.m. in Princeton, Minn.. His parents are Lee and Teresa Craig of Elk River, Minn. Ryland weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20 ¼ inches long. Grandparents are Norm & Sheila Craig, Preston, ..... 
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National Trout Center has new program director

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Board of Directors of the National Trout Center has announced that they have selected Richard L. Enochs as the program coordinator for the 2014 season. Mr. Enochs lives in Winona, Minn. with his wife Nancy. Rich is a retired business professi ..... 
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Kenneth William McBride

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Kenneth William McBride, 84, of Preston, Minn., passed away peacefully Monday, March 17, 2014, at his residence. Kenneth was born February 12, 1930, on the family farm in rural Olmsted County, to William & Emma (Oldenburg) McBride. He lived most o ..... 
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Kay Christine Hines Laging

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Kay Christine Hines Laging, age 74, of Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday evening, March 12, 2014, at the Spring Valley Care Center. Kay was born August 18, 1939, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., the daughter of Sidney and Frances ..... 
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In the Service - Chelsea R. Larro

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Chelsea R. Larro of Preston, Minn. received her commission as an officer in the United States Navy, Medical Service Corp. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in psychology (honors) from Mankato State University, she was accepted to Loyola Univ ..... 
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Preston calls for hearing initiating TIF process

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the March 17 Preston City Council meeting a resolution was adopted to set a public hearing on April 21 regarding a plan to set up tax increment financing district (TIF) number 8. If an industrial park is developed at the southwest corner of th ..... 
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Fillmore Central to move forward with facility projects

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on March 11 to pass a resolution to issue bonds for projects at both the Preston and Harmony sites. The district is going to finance approximately $4,660,000 in projects with no increase in ..... 
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